Delegates very positive about Sitematch London
Wed 14th February 2018, 3:00 pm
Following the Sitematch London held on 8 February, delegates from the public and private sector explain why they attended the event.
Jack Nicholson, land director at Berkeley Homes: "I attended Sitematch to meet new contacts within Local Authorities, as well as key stakeholder groups in relation to new opportunities that Berkeley are reviewing.
"I was able to meet two key contacts at a London borough where we have very recently acquired a large new site.
"The meeting was a great opportunity to have a more informal discussion around the opportunity, as opposed to the much more traditional and formal meetings held at council offices."
Shabnam Ali, group manager for regeneration and internationalism at the London Borough of Kingston: "Sitematch is a quick-fire way to demonstrate the council's willingness to work with private sector partners to get the job done.
"The conveyor belt of delegates lets you ask some difficult questions in a short time period and serves to get a read on where the market is.
"The event also seems to offer up some gems of opportunity that you might not have considered had it not been for face to face meetings of this kind; for example, Village Hotels demonstrated the potential to incorporate a mix of uses on our some of our key town centre sites that had previously not been considered."
Eddie Bridgeman, director, Meanwhile Space: "Sitematch London is an effective way to engage in networking.
"On a few occasions I was able to learn more about the context of specific opportunities, which enabled us to better prepare our bids."
Stephen Parker, sector lead - leisure and sports stadia, Willmott Dixon
"This venue of this year's Sitematch London was excellent: there was plenty of space and the setting was great; I have had a number of productive meetings.
"For example, I met with the London Borough of Bromley, who were describing a potential new leisure facility that I was not aware of; we've already arranged a follow-up meeting to discuss further."